Accounted Fortrotter

The following individuals have been officially “accounted for”
since this site was founded in December 2011.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of field teams and lab technicians,
researchers and nonprofit groups,
and families, friends, and comrades who never gave up hope,
this list will continue to grow.
Check the DPAA’s “Recently Accounted For” list
Note: Because of delays between identification date and public release of information, entries on this list may appear out of chronological order.

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2019

27 Accounted For
last updated 18 December 2019


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Gunnery Sergeant Arthur Branson Summers
Company I, Third Battalion, 18th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 23 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 21, Row D, East Division Cemetery.”
2019. Burial site located by History Flight. Accounted for on 17 October.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2020)

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PFC Charles Eugene Wallace
Company A, First Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 16, Row D, East Division Cemetery.”
2019. Burial site located by History Flight. Accounted for on 18 September.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (pending)

cole_do_profile Sergeant Duane Oliver Cole
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried on Betio, Cemetery 26, Row A, Grave 9.
2014. Remains discovered at site of Cemetery 26 by History Flight expedition.
2019. Accounted for on 3 September 2019.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (pending)

walker_eg Captain Edward Glenn Walker, Jr.
Company E, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried on Betio, cemetery and location not known.
1946. Remains recovered by 604th QMGRC and misidentified. Designated as unknown, while another individual was buried as Walker.
1949. Unidentified remains buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
2017. Remains exhumed from NMCP.
2019. DNA testing of exhumed remains confirmed as Walker. Accounted for on 21 March 2019.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (pending)

nalazek_ea_mugshot PFC Edward Augustine Nalazek
Company D, Second Battalion, 18th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943.
1943. Buried on Betio, “8th Marines Cemetery #2”
1967. Remains unearthed by construction crew, delivered to CILH. Designated “XJ-1323B.”
1982. Declared unidentifiable; buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
2015. Additional remains discovered on Betio by History Flight.
2016. Remains in Hawaii exhumed by DPAA.
2019. Accounted for on 27 August 2019.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (20 November 2019)

edwards_a PFC Alfred Edwards
Company E, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried on Betio, Grave #17, Row C, East Division Cemetery.
1946. Remains exhumed by 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company, but not identified
1949. Buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as an unknown.
2017. Remains exhumed by DPAA.
2019. Identified from remains of X-203 and X-209. Accounted for on 27 August 2019.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (21 November 2019)

cooper_th Corporal Thomas Harley Cooper
Company A, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried on Betio, location unknown.
1980. Remains unearthed by construction crew, delivered to CILH. Designated “CILHI 0002-80.”
1982. Declared unidentifiable; buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
2016. Remains exhumed by DPAA
2019. Accounted for on 9 August 2019.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (4 November 2019)

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Sergeant Jerome Bernard Morris
Company D, First Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 7, Row D, East Division Cemetery.”
2019. Burial site located by History Flight. Accounted for on 27 September.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (29 October 2019)

whitaker_cr

Private Channing Robert Whitaker
Company A, First Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 8, Row D, East Division Cemetery.”
2019. Burial site located by History Flight. Accounted for on 29 May.
Final Dispsition:
Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, IA
DPAA Announcement (25 October 2019)

boschetti_jf PFC Joseph Francis Boschetti
Company A, First Battalion, 18th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Central Division Cemetery, grave unknown.
1946. Remains located by 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company. Designated “X-20.”
1949. Interred in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as unknown.
2017. Grave exhumed by DPAA on 9 January.
2019. Accounted for as of 8 July.
Final Disposition:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, PA
DPAA Announcement (21 October 2019)

McCall_Quent_thumbnail Cpl. Quentin Weldon McCall
Company I, Third Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 23 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 5, Row D, East Division Cemetery.”
2019. Burial site located by History Flight. Accounted for on 27 September.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (17 October 2019)

vanzandt_JB PFC Jack Benson Van Zandt
Company A, First Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 4, Row D, East Division Cemetery.”
2019. Burial site located by History Flight. Accounted for on 23 September.
Final Disposition:
Sunset Memorial Park, Danville, IL
DPAA Announcement (3 October 2019)

buan_na PFC Norman Alfred Buan
Company C, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Central Division Cemetery (aka “Cemetery 26”), Betio.
2014. Burial site located by History Flight.
2015. Remains recovered and sent for lab analysis.
2019.
Accounted for on 27 August.
Final Disposition:
To be buried in Little Sauk, MN, April 2020.
DPAA Announcement (3 October 2019)

arthurholtz_MR PFC Marley Richard Arthurholtz
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
Missing in action following sinking of ship at Pearl Harbor. Declared killed in action as of 7 December.
1941-1943. Buried in common grave, Halawa or Nuuanu Naval Cemeteries, Oahu.
1948.
Exhumed and examined for identification.
1949.
Reburied in common grave, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.
2015-2017.
Graves exhumed and remains sent for laboratory analysis.
2019.
 Accounted for on 18 September.
Final Disposition:
St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN
DPAA Announcement (1 October 2019)

hatch_RJ_enlistment PFC Robert James Hatch
Company D, First Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 10, Row D, East Division Cemetery.”
2019. Burial site located by History Flight. Accounted for on 23 September.
Final Disposition:
Bountiful Memorial Park, Bountiful, UT
DPAA Announcement (1 October 2019)

wieshan_l PFC Louis Wiesehan, Jr.
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
2019. Accounted for on 23 September.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (1 October 2019)

bayens_JR PFC John Richard Bayens
Company B, First Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 3, Row D, East Division Cemetery.”
2019. Burial site located by History Flight. Accounted for on 23 September.
Final Disposition:
Evergreen Cemetery, Louisville, KY
DPAA Announcement (1 October 2019)

mills_jg First Lieutenant Justin Green Mills
Company C, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried “Grave 49, Row B, Central Division Cemetery.”
2015. Remains discovered at site of Cemetery 26 by History Flight expedition.
2019. Accounted for on 9 August.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery
DPAA Announcement (28 September 2019)

PFC Michael Kocopy
Company E, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943.
1943. Buried “in Beach Red 2 Cemetery, Row 3, Grave 22.”
2015. Remains discovered at site of Cemetery 26 by History Flight expedition.
2019. Accounted for on 27 August
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery
DPAA Announcement (9 September 2019)

warren_r PFC Raymond Warren
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried “in Division Cemetery, row and grave unknown.”
2015. Remains discovered on Betio by History Flight expedition.
2019. Accounted for on 10 June.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (19 August 2019)

Private Edwin Francis Benson
Company L, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Grave #27, Row B, East Division Cemetery.
1946. Remains recovered by 604th QMGRC. Unidentified, designated X-155.
1949. Buried as unknown, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot E Grave 232.
2017. X-155 exhumed and sent for lab analysis.
2019. Accounted for on 24 June.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery
DPAA Announcement (9 August 2019)

livermore_jr Private Joseph Robert Livermore
Company B, First Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Grave #9, Row D, East Division Cemetery.
2019. Grave located by History Flight. Accounted for on 24 June.
Final Disposition:
Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, CA
DPAA Announcement (31 July 2019)

Private William Edward Rambo
Company H, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight.
2016. Remains recovered by History Flight and turned over to DPAA.
2019. Accounted for on 24 June.
Final Disposition:
To be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, 11 April 2020.
DPAA Announcement (16 July 2019)

PFC Kenneth William Likens
Company B, First Battalion, 6th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Grave #12, Row D, East Division Cemetery.
2019. Grave located by History Flight. Accounted for as of 31 May.
Final Disposition:
Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI
DPAA Announcement (1 July 2019)

PFC John Taylor Burke
Company B, First Battalion, 8th Marines
Missing in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Reported as missing in action at Betio.
1944. Status changed to killed in action.
1946.
Remains exhumed from Cemetery 26, Betio, by 604th QMGRC. Unidentified; designated X-98.
1949.
Buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Section F Grave 1101, as unknown.
2019.
 Accounted for as of 15 May.
Final Disposition:
Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory, NC
DPAA Announcement (28 May 2019)

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Staff Sergeant Wesley Lee Kroenung, Jr.
Headquarters Company, H&S Battalion, V Amphibious Corps
attached to 2nd Marine Division
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Reported buried in “2nd Marine Division Cemetery #4” Row A, Grave 2, Betio.
1946. Remains exhumed from Cemetery #26. Reburied in Lone Palm Cemetery Plot 1, Row 6, Grave 16 as “X-103.”
1949.
Buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Section E Grave 836, as unknown.
2016.
Remains exhumed by DPAA.
2019.
 Accounted for as of 16 April.
Final Disposition:
Miramar National Cemetery
DPAA Announcement (8 May 2019)

trotter_ge

Platoon Sergeant George Ernest Trotter
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
Killed in action at Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Reported buried in “Division Cemetery #1” Row B, Grave 73, Betio.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-55.
1949.
Buried as an unknown in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot E Grave 428.
2019.
 Accounted for as of 16 April.
Final Disposition:
Santa Fe National Cemetery
DPAA Announcement (8 May 2019)

Private Ted Hall
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
Missing in action following sinking of ship at Pearl Harbor. Declared killed in action as of 7 December.
1941-1943. Buried in common grave, Halawa or Nuuanu Naval Cemeteries, Oahu.
1948.
Exhumed and examined for identification.
1949.
Reburied in common grave, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.
2015-2017.
Graves exhumed and remains sent for laboratory analysis.
2019.
Identified and accounted for on 24 January.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery
DPAA Announcement (1 February 2019)

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